City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Political Economy

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International Political Economy examines the ways in which conflicting real-life issues the economy, politics and society can be reconciled. BSc International Political Economy is designed to meet increasing demand for an interdisciplinary course that prepares students for both the public and private job markets. At City, you will benefit from our competitive advantage in this field and the department’s close links to businesses, the financial industry, policy-makers and think-tanks. Upon graduating from City, you will be able to analyse complex dynamics of the global markets, financial systems and national political structures, and draw connections between economic, political and social processes driving major changes on the global scene. Our graduates have found they are well suited for a wide range of career opportunities in the global corporate sector, banking and finance, civil service, international diplomatic corps, global media and international institutions. IPE is an interdisciplinary field which combines the study of economics, politics, international relations and other social sciences in a unique way. At City, you will find the largest concentration of world-renowned experts in IPE and related fields. Together, we have designed this bespoke programme - the first degree in IPE in the UK – to offer you training in a range of conceptual and analytical skills that will help you analyse the challenges facing decision-makers in business and politics in the global age. As well as developing strong research skills this course enables you to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.

Course details


First Year: Core modules: - Principles of economics 1: markets and prices - Principles of economics 2: countries and systems - Introduction to political economy - The making of the modern world economy - Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis - Studying Politics. Elective modules: - Puzzles of comparative politics - Introduction to politics - Introduction to political theory - Politics and power in the 20th century - Emerging powers/emerging issues - Myth and mysteries of world politics - Politics of Britain - International relations theories. - Languages All modules are 15 credits. Second year: Core modules: - States and markets in an era of globalisation - Comparative political economy - Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real World - Theories of International Political Economy - Advanced principles of economics: financial markets and corporate systems. Elective modules (pick 3): - Security studies: conceptual approaches - Security studies: contemporary and emerging issues - Foreign Policy Analysis 1: Theories and Issues - Foreign Policy Analysis 2: Instruments and Practice - Religion and politics in the age of global change - Transnational social movements - Ordering the world: International thought in the twentieth century - Fifteen shades of red – Russia in the twentieth century - Practical Politics - Advanced Theories of Global Politics - Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics - Politics of the USA - Comparative Asian Politics - Political Risk Analysis - Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression - Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics - The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century - Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present - The Making of Modern Japan - India in the Eighteenth Century - New Media Challenges - Understanding Social Change - Contemporary Social Theory - Sociology of Race and Racism - Humanitarian Reporting - Data Journalism - Languages Final Year: Core module: - International political economy project. Elective modules: - The Global Politics of Forced Migration - Advanced Topics in International Political Economy - Global Governance - International Politics of the Middle East - American Foreign Policy - The Global Political Economy of Development - Political Change in Europe - Governance of the Global Economy - Global Money and Finance - Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics - The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace - Technology, Money, Power - Political Economy of Global Inequality - Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons - Geopolitical Macroeconomy - The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics, Ethics - Sexuality and Gender in World Politics - Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945 - Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History - Comparative Empires in the Modern Era - The Holocaust in History and Memory - Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music - International News - Reporting Business - Poverty: What Counts? - The Global Migration process - Languages

Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), team projects, presentations, unseen examinations and the final year dissertation.

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  • Year 1

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EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15300 Year 1

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International Political Economy at City, University of London - UCAS